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Carlo RECALCATI (ITA)
Carlo Recalcati, Italy's Head Coach at the 2005 Eurobasket, Serbia & Montenegro.
CARLO RECALCATI

Nationality: Italian
Date of birth: 11/09/1945
Place of birth: Milano
Club Team 2005-06: MONTEPASCHI SIENA (Italy-Lega)
Career: Cantù (Italy-Lega, 1987-90), Reggio Calabria (Italy-Lega, 1990-91), Reggio Calabria (Italy-Legadue, 1991-92), Reggio Calabria (Italy-Lega, 1992-95), Milano (Italy-Lega, 1995), Bergamo (Italy-Serie B, 1996-97), Varese (Italy-Lega, 1997-99), Fortitudo Bologna (1999-2001), Siena (Italy-Lega, 2003-06).
International career: Italian National Team (2001-06).

Recalcati has been in charge of the National Team since September 2001, replacing Bogdan Tanjevic. In his first major competition, Recalcati won the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2003. With that unexpected podium, Italy earned a spot for the 2004 Olympic Games, marking their return after a 20-year absence.

In Athens, Recalcati led the Azzurri all the way to the final and a silver medal, matching Italy's best-result in the Olympics with their silver at the 1980 Moscow Games. But those Olympics were weakened by a boycott from numerous Western countries.

As a National Team player with 166 caps, Recalcati participated in two Olympics (1968 and 1976), two FIBA World Championships (1967 and 1970) and four European Championships (1967, 1969, 1971 and 1975). And he helped Italy to two EuroBasket bronze medals (1971 and 1975).

As a player with Cantù, Recalcati won two Italian Championships (1968, 1975) and six European Cups. His club coaching career has seen him accomplish the difficult feat of winning three Italian Lega championships with three different teams: Varese in 1999, Fortitudo Bologna in 2000 and Montepaschi Siena in 2004.

Despite Recalcati's experience and Italy's recent run of good results, EuroBasket 2005 was a huge disappointment for the Italians and their coach as they finished tied for 9th place. Still, Italy was awarded a wild card for the 2006 FIBA World Championship - based mainly on those strong recent results. Recalcati will be in charge of a much younger and rejuvenated team for Japan.